The director of the National Institutes of Health begged Americans to “hit the reset button” on their concerns over whether the COVID-19 vaccine, which was developed faster than any vaccine in the history of Western medicine, will be safe.
“I would like to plead to people who are listening to this this morning to really hit the reset button on whatever they think they knew about this vaccine that might cause them to be so skeptical,” Dr. Francis Collins told NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”
WATCH: @NIHDirector says he wants the public to “hit the reset button on whatever they think they knew about this vaccine that caused them to be so skeptical.”
“Please, people. When you look back … and you say, ‘Did I do the right thing?’ I hope you’ll be able to say ‘yes.’” pic.twitter.com/v06qCHQxDF
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) December 13, 2020
Collins also said that it’s unknown whether someone who’s had the vaccine could still acquire the virus and silently spread to others around them – saying that “it will take us a couple of months to figure that out,” and that people still need to mask up and social distance.
Director of the National Institutes of Health Francis Collins:
“We don’t know whether somebody who had the vaccine could still acquire the virus without any symptoms and potentially be contagious to others around them. … It will take us a couple of months to figure that out.” pic.twitter.com/b3pPuIgS5z
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) December 13, 2020
Let’s not forget that earlier his month a former Pfizer executive expressed dire concerns over the rushed vaccines, joining a German pulmonologist in calling for the European Medicine Agency to halt Pfizer vaccine studies until a design study could be created which addresses a host of serious safety concerns ranging from potentially fatal reactions to ‘infertility of indefinite duration.’
Meanwhile, billionaire Bill Gates is looking forward to his foundation taking an unofficial role in the Biden administration, telling CNN‘s “State of the Union” on Sunday that while he doesn’t expect to take on a formal role, his foundation will liaise with the government on future infectious disease control, according to Bloomberg.
“I talked with the president-elect about that,” said Gates, adding “I think our foundation will be part of that dialogue to make sure we don’t blow it again.”
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced on Wednesday that it will pledge an additional $250 million to fight COVID-19, on top of $1.5 billion it’s already committed.
On Thursday, Melinda Gates said she was “incredibly disappointed” that President Trump signed an executive order to put Americans at the front of the line for vaccines, with CNNhost Poppy Harlow calling it “vaccine nationalism.”
Melinda Gates said @realDonaldTrump‘s executive order putting Americans at the front of the line for the COVID-19 vaccine made her feel “incredibly disappointed.” pic.twitter.com/tWYAhEGxIZ
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 10, 2020